Malcolm Green's mango crop may suffer due to lack of rain in Beecher.
Malcolm Green's mango crop may suffer due to lack of rain in Beecher. Matt Taylor GLA130618MANGO

Local mangoes could be off the menu this Christmas

IF IT doesn't rain soon there won't be many local mangoes for Christmas.

Beecher mango farmer Malcolm Green says the current spell of dry weather may severely affect his mango crop later this year.

"If we don't get rain before the flowers bloom next month the trees won't produce as much fruit," he said.

"The flowers will still come on and form seedlings, but they'll quickly drop off if the rain doesn't come."

BOM meteorologist David Crock said there was rain on the way, but not a lot.

"We're expecting eight to ten millimetres over the next few days," he said.

"But in terms of climate outlook, Queensland will be dryer than average for the next few months."

Mr Green said he's experienced dry seasons' before.

"The worst one we've had during the time we've been farming mango's at Beecher was around four years ago," he said.

"We didn't get enough fruit to feed ourselves let alone sell."

"Last year was a bumper crop, we had good early rain and a heap of mangos but then so did everyone else.

"We were flat out giving them away last Christmas."

 

Malcolm Green's mango crop is suffering due to lack of rain in Beecher.
Malcolm Green's mango crop is suffering due to lack of rain in Beecher. Matt Taylor GLA130618MANGO

Brandon Sutton of Gladstone Water Cartage and Tipper Hire agrees.

"This winter hasn't been as dry as the one we had around four years ago," he said.

"But we're definitely doing a few more water deliveries this winter as well as dust suppression work.

"I've got five acres of mango trees at our place in Yarwun and they're all pretty dry at the moment.

"My house only has tank water so I don't water the trees, we definitely need some rain."

Mr Green won't be irrigating his mango trees either.

"It just costs far too much to water them," he said.

Mango lovers need not worry though according to Phil McCormack from The Gladstone Fruit Shop.

"I source most of my mangos from the Rocklea markets in Brisbane," he said.

"They ship them in from the Northern Territory or Far North Queensland as they ripen."

In the meantime Mr Green says he'll keep hoping for rain.

"On the bright side we've still got plenty of frozen mangos from last year," he said


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